Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Greek Mythology Of or ascribed to Orpheus.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of the dogmas, mysteries, and philosophical principles set forth in the poems ascribed to Orpheus.
  • adjective Capable of casting a charm or spell; entrancing.
  • adjective Mystic or occult.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining or relating to Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician of ancient Greece, who had the power of charming all animate and inanimate objects with his sweet lyre, descended living into Hades to bring back to life his wife Eurydice, and perished, torn to pieces by infuriated Thracian mænads; Orphean: as, the Orphic poems.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to Orpheus; Orphean.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Orphism.
  • adjective Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
  • adjective ascribed to Orpheus or characteristic of ideas in works ascribed to Orpheus

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek Orphikos, from Orpheus, Orpheus.]

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From the name 'Orpheus', a character in Greek mythology, a great musician who went to Hades to get his wife Eurydice back after she died, but he failed.

Examples

  • Both trained as chefs in Paris but now specialise in what they call Orphic Feasts - wildly absurdist performances which vary from creating edible pasta paintings to dining underwater.

    Reading Aloud 2: Character voices

  • Consider also that in Greek Orphic tradition, the bird of creation Nyx literally "Night" is imagined as a great bird with black wings.

    More about egg symbols in Etruria and the rest of the classical world

  • So-called Orphic writings were widespread, and they told a tale of the death and resurrection of Dionysus, a symbol of hope for the afterlife.

    The Spartacus War

  • So-called Orphic writings were widespread, and they told a tale of the death and resurrection of Dionysus, a symbol of hope for the afterlife.

    The Spartacus War

  • So-called Orphic writings were widespread, and they told a tale of the death and resurrection of Dionysus, a symbol of hope for the afterlife.

    The Spartacus War

  • So-called Orphic writings were widespread, and they told a tale of the death and resurrection of Dionysus, a symbol of hope for the afterlife.

    The Spartacus War

  • In these points they are in agreement with the observances called Orphic and

    The History of Herodotus

  • One of the keys to Renaissance mythologies is the so-called Orphic theology, which Plato, according to

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • In these points they are in agreement with the observances called Orphic and Bacchic (which are really Egyptian), and also with those of the Pythagoreans, for one who takes part in these mysteries is also forbidden by religious rule to be buried in woolen garments; and about this there is a sacred story told.

    An Account of Egypt: Being the Second Book of His Histories Called Euterpe. Paras. 20-39

  • In these points they are in agreement with the observances called Orphic and Bacchic (which are really Egyptian), and also with those of the Pythagoreans, for one who takes part in these mysteries is also forbidden by religious rule to be buried in woolen garments; and about this there is a sacred story told.

    An Account of Egypt

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